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Chemistry A level at The Sandon School

Course description

If you like logical problems, and thinking hard - really using your brain - then Chemistry is for you. If you want to know what makes up the world around you, you are a natural chemist. It is like seeing with new eyes all that is before you, within your food, on product labels, in cosmetics, in fuels, in the atmosphere, in the chemistry of life, and in the chemistry of the newest products.

Course content

Physical chemistry
- Atomic structure
- Amount of substance
- Bonding
- Energetics
- Kinetics
- Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier's principle
- Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

Inorganic chemistry
- Periodicity
- Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
- Group 7(17), the halogens

Organic chemistry
- Introduction to organic chemistry
- Alkanes
- Halogenoalkanes
- Alkenes
- Alcohols
- Organic analysis

A Level only
- Thermodynamics
- Rate equations
- Equilibrium constant Kc for homogeneous systems
- Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
- Acids and bases

- Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
- Transition metals
- Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

- Optical isomerism
- Aldehydes and ketones
- Carboxylic acids and derivatives
- Aromatic chemistry
- Amines
- Polymers
- Amino acids, proteins and DNA
- Organic synthesis
- Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
- Chromatography

Entry requirements

Students must have studied either: (i.) Core and Additional Science GCSEs, in which case they must have achieved at least 2 B grades in Core Science GCSE and Additional Science GCSE plus a minimum of grade B mathematics GCSE; or (ii.) Separate Sciences GCSEs, in which case they must have achieved at least a B grade in Chemistry GCSE, plus a B Grade in one other science and a grade B in maths GCSE.

Future opportunities

Chemistry students have gone on to study for degrees in many subjects, including the sciences, medicine, nursing and engineering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sandon School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015

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